Should someone who caused an accident get a personal injury attorney? 44 Answers as of February 20, 2012

I rear ended a car on the freeway and caused a 4 car accident and have good reason to believe I will get sued. What type of attorney do I need?

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The S.E. Farris Law Firm
The S.E. Farris Law Firm | Spencer E. Farris
Call your car insurance company. One of the benefits you get from purchasing auto liability insurance is defense from lawsuits.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 7/29/2011
David F. Stoddard
David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
If you have auto insurance, your insurer will hire an attorney for you. That's part of your insurance coverage.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Replied: 7/26/2011
Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A.
Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A. | Christopher J. Roberts
If you have insurance, your insurance company will hire a lawyer for you to represent your interests if a claim or lawsuit is filed against you. If you don't have insurance and you can afford an attorney, it would be a good idea to consult one. If you get sued, you should definitely talk to a lawyer right away. If you don't respond to the complaint against you within the deadline for doing so (usually 20 days from service), you could be defaulted.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 2/20/2012
Harris Personal Injury Lawyer
Harris Personal Injury Lawyer | Philip C. Alexander
No. If you have automobile insurance, your insurance company will provide an attorney for you in the event you get sued. If you do get sued and served with legal papers, you should immediately contact your insurance company.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/25/2011
Tomalas Law Firm
Tomalas Law Firm | Ryan Tomalas
As long as you have automobile insurance (it is illegal to operate a vehicle in California without carrying at least the state minimum amount [$15,000.00/$30,000.00] in liability coverage), you will likely not need to hire an attorney to represent you. Simply report the accident to your automobile insurance company and provide them with all of the information about the accident and other people who were involved (if you have a copy of the Traffic Collision Report, all of that information will likely be contained therein). Your automobile insurance company will protect you (up to the limits of the coverage that you carry) and will hire and pay for an attorney on your behalf if a lawsuit is filed against you.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/25/2011
    Law Offices of Earl K. Straight
    Law Offices of Earl K. Straight | Earl K. Straight
    If you have insurance, your insurance company will hire an attorney for you should you get sued. If you do not have insurance, you can hire a defense attorney, though that can get pretty expensive. They charge by the hour, and lawsuits can be very time consuming. You would be better off trying to negotiate a settlement with any of the claimants before any lawsuits are filed.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Wilson & Hajek, LLC
    Wilson & Hajek, LLC | Eddie W. Wilson
    If you are insured, then your insurance company will defend the case in your behalf.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP
    Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP | Kevin Habberfield
    Sorry to hear you were in a crash. I am assuming you have insurance. If so, contact them immediately. You may not need an attorney but, if you do, your insurance company will provide you with one. Your insurance company can explain everything for you. If you are provided an attorney, meaning you've been sued, please remember that the attorney represents you, NOT the insurance company. Meaning that attorney must look out for your best interests, not the company paying his fees.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
    Report the claim to your insurance co. They will retain an attorney for you at no cost if you are claimed against
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    If you had auto insurance coverage, your insurance company will handle it
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Law Office of Ronald Arthur Lowry
    Law Office of Ronald Arthur Lowry | Ronald Arthur Lowry
    Report the incident to your automobile liability insurer immediately.That company will have relationships with attorneys that specialize in defending people just like you in this type situation once a lawsuit is filed. The insurer pays for the lawyer but he is supposed to represent you, although the insurer has practical control of what is going on. Also, if you are still concerned you can hire an attorney to be your personal attorney to review what the attorney hired by the insurer does and to be certain your rights are being protected. I suggest that you hire an attorney from a law firm that represents insurance companies and their insureds in cases like this. Ask around about what law firms in your jurisdiction do that kind of work and which have the best reputations. If someone in your family knows a judge that would be someone good to ask.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Everett Walton, Attorney at Law
    Everett Walton, Attorney at Law | Everett Walton
    If you had a policy of automobile insurance, the insurer must pay for your defense. However, if the potential value of the case exceeds your policy limits of liability, you may wish to hire an attorney later on.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Dearbonn Law Offices
    Dearbonn Law Offices | Ajibola Oluyemisi Oladapo
    You are at fault and your insurance company will definitely pay out money to injured motorists. A civil litigation attorney can defend you in a lawsuit. Does not have to be a personal injury attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Coulter's Law
    Coulter's Law | Coulter K. Richardson
    Stay in communication with your insurance agent. An attorney will be hired by your insurance company in the event you are sued. If you are sued, call your insurance carrier and inform them of the lawsuit and forward the complaint to them.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    Of course, you also have the right to consult with another lawyer about your rights and options, too, including a criminal lawyer, if you face a criminal charge arising out of the incident. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    David Hoines Law
    David Hoines Law | David Hoines
    Your insurance company will provide a lawyer to defend you.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
    Your insurance company will provide you with one.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    Usually your auto insurance policy will represent your interests provided that you have sufficient insurance to cover the amount they will sue you for. If your insurance is low and you have assets that a plaintiffs could get at, you will likely need to hire your own defense attorney to protect your assets. You should start by speaking with the insurance company attorney and find out what they are alleging in their suit and what they are suing for. They will prepare a demand letter at some point and make a demand of and your insurer. This typically doesn't happen until after the injured party is done treating so that the full extent of the harm can be assessed. Since you have four (4) potential plaintiffs, your suit may be complicated and it is highly foreseeable that the amount of the total of the four suits will exceed your coverage.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    If you have insurance, they will hire your attorney. If not, you may need a civil defense and/or a bankruptcy attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Aaronson Law Firm
    Aaronson Law Firm | Michael Aaronson
    If you have liability insurance then your insurance company will hire a lawyer for you. If you do not, you will need a defense lawyer who you will have to pay from your own pocket.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Magnuson Lowell P.S.
    Magnuson Lowell P.S. | Richard S. Lowell
    Assuming you had the state-mandated liability insurance, you should contact your insurance company. If you get sued, your insurance company will hire a lawyer for you.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A.
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A. | James P Kelaher
    Your insurance company will provide you with an attorney. When you meet with that attorney, ask him or her if you should retain personal counsel. You should get a correct answer from that attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Bernard Huff, Attorney/Mediator
    Bernard Huff, Attorney/Mediator | Bernard Huff
    You need to consult with a defendant's personal injury lawyer and later retain one if you are sued.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers
    Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers | Andrew D. Myers
    You need to report this to your insurance company ASAP. All insurance companies have attorneys and claims adjusters. Their job is to adjust the claim and to defend you in the event that you are sued. If you do not have insurance, then take the money you have saved by not having insurance and retain an attorney. If you have insurance but you are worried that the amount of damage exceeds your coverage, you should consult with an attorney. My recommendation is an experienced personal injury attorney because having represented plaintiffs, it is pretty easy to turn it around and defend.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Garruto & Calabria, LLC
    Garruto & Calabria, LLC | Andrew F. Garruto
    Contact your insurance company and inform them of the accident. If you're sued, send the documents to your insurance company and they will hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo
    Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo | Mark Leonardo
    The question is whether you have insurance or not. If you have insurance, the carrier will provide you with an attorney. If not, contact personal injury attorneys in your area and try to find one that does defense work.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Lyle B. Masnikoff and Associates
    Lyle B. Masnikoff and Associates | Lyle B. Masnikoff
    No. Just call your insurance company an they will handle defending the case.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Your insurance company will provide you with a lawyer at no charge to you. You may want to hire your own attorney if you think that there is a risk that a judgment could be taken against you for more than your insurance will cover.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Law Office of Russell D. Gray, PC
    Law Office of Russell D. Gray, PC | Russell D. Gray
    You need to report the accident to your insurance company, and they will provide you with an attorney. You are also free to have your own attorney, but the insurance company will be in charge of the case.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 7/24/2011
    Rose, Senders & Bovarnick, LLC
    Rose, Senders & Bovarnick, LLC | Paul S. Bovarnick
    If you have insurance, your insurance will provide one. If you have no insurance, or your limits are too low, then you should hire a personal injury attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 7/23/2011
    Joel H. Schwartz, P.C.
    Joel H. Schwartz, P.C. | Steven A. Schwartz
    In Massachusetts, every car on the road is required to have insurance. Your insurance company would take care of any claim made against you. It will defend you, and if a lawyer is necessary, that lawyer will be paid by the insurance company. You should let your insurance company know about the accident and your version of the events. If you have no insurance, you will be responsible to get your own attorney - you should look for a personal injury law defense attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 7/23/2011
    Allen Murphy Law
    Allen Murphy Law | W. Riley Allen
    If you don't have liability insurance, you need a trial lawyer experienced in handling these type cases as you will be sued; you can almost guarantee it. If you have insurance, report it to your carrier and let them handle it.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/23/2011
    LT Pepper Law
    LT Pepper Law | Luke T. Pepper
    You may need an attorney if the damages exceed the policy limits. Generally the insurance company will provide a lawyer under the policy.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 7/23/2011
    Kirshner & Groff
    Kirshner & Groff | Richard M. Kirshner
    Your insurance company should be able to assist you and provide you with an attorney if you need one.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/23/2011
    Premier Law Group
    Premier Law Group | Jason Epstein
    If you have insurance then your insurance company will handle your defense. If you don't have insurance, then you would have to hire an attorney out of your own pocket. It will get pricey very quickly.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/23/2011
    Law Offices of Steven A. Fink
    Law Offices of Steven A. Fink | Steven Alan Fink
    If you have auto insurance report the accident to your agent. They will take care of everything, including retaining an attorney to defend you if suit is filed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/23/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Free attorney hired by your insurance company.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/23/2011
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    Your insurance company will assign an attorney to defend you. You must notify your insurance company about the accident (you should already have done so) co-operate at all times with the investigation and defense, and if you are served with lawsuit papers, you must forward them on to your insurance company immediately (keep copies for yourself)
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/23/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    You need to tell your auto insurance company asap. They will give you a lawyer if you get sued but only if your give them timely notice of the accident.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/23/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Speak to your insurance carrier
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/23/2011
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